Duchamp, Marcel

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Duchamp, Marcel Gender: M
Henri Robert Marcel Duchamp
born on 28 July 1887 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Blainville-Crevon, France, 49n3012, 1e1811
Timezone LMT m1e1811 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 05°07' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 17°53 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 17°22'

Marcel Duchamp


French artist best known for his irreverent work and enigmatic persona. He introduced a new mode of artistic interpretation of reality by which everyday objects became vehicles for ideas, becoming a major influence on the Dada movement. His art could easily be summarized as 'modern contempt;' he felt that sacrosanct attitudes stifled creativity, especially among young artists. His first mature work, "Nude Descending a Staircase" caused immense controversy when it was exhibited in Paris in 1912, then in New York, in 1913. His irreverence was also shown by putting a moustache and goatee on a Mona Lisa postcard, and entitling it with a French obscenity.

Witty and complicated, Duchamp married late in life, at 67, to Alexina Sattler, the former daughter-in-law of Henri Matisse. They were married 14 years until his death.

He was considered to be a Renaissance man, known for, among other things, a handsome face and smile, a seductive bearing, wit, cunning, earthiness and a markedly regal presence.

Obsessed with chess, he played it professionally, often abandoning his art to devote time to the game. In 1920, he abandoned art entirely. He remarked that "The life of an artist is like the life of a monk--a lewd monk. It is an ordination." When once asked to describe himself, he said: "I am a breather."

Duchamp died on 2 October 1968 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Deren, Maya (born 29 April 1917)
  • parent->child relationship with Savy, Yo (born 6 February 1911)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1912 (First mature work exhibited in Paris)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1913 (First mature work exhibited in New York)
  • Work : Retired 1920 (Retired from art, full-time chess)
  • Work : New Career 1966 (Entered politics)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 2 October 1968 (Age 81)
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  • Work : New Job 1972 (Premier, two years)
  • Work : New Job 1984 (Prime Minister of Grenadine, three terms)

Source Notes

Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'sculpteurs' pdf file, p. 37.

Same data: Gauquelin Vol 6/276

Biography: Calvin Tomkins, "Duchamp: A Biography."


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous (Handsome face and smile)
  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric (Enigmatic, complicated)
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Married at age 67)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work alone/ Singular role
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat (Premier)
  • Vocation : Sports : Games - Bridge/ Chess/ Other (Pro chess player)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession